Gordon Brown’s obsession with “Team GB” is flogging a dead horse says Cuneglas
Gordon Brown’s obsession with creating of a British football team to take part in the 2012 London Olympic Games is yet another desperate attempt to flog the dead horse of “Britishness” in the face of looming Scottish independence and the steady advance of Welsh devolution. Responding to Gordon Brown’s proposal to ‘revive’ “Great British” men and women’s football teams, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said that Brown showed himself to be “seriously out of touch with Scotland.” He might have added: Wales too.
The dramatic sporting successes of the Welsh and Scottish athletes in Beijing (six gold and five silver medals between them: Wales three gold, two silver, Scotland three gold, one silver) demonstrates the disproportionate contribution (6 out of 19 gold medals by 8 out of a population of 60 million) these men and women made to the much-trumpeted success of “Team GB”.
Salmond has given his backing to the ‘good idea’ of a separate Scottish Olympic team and is to draft a formal application to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to that effect. Salmond plans to arrange a series of meetings with Scotland’s sporting bodies to discuss the issue. Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones should be thinking seriously about initiating the same dialogue on this ‘good idea’ in Wales. And Plaid Cymru should seize the initiative and press for a debate on the issue as part of the drive towards the goal of Welsh independence.